TVR has unveiled the new Griffith more than a year ago but we haven’t heard a lot about it since.
The British company has made very little noise about its product and continues to remain rather silent despite the fact that deliveries are approaching. The first TVR Griffiths should reach customers in the first quarter of 2019 and the car’s final specs aren’t out yet.
Given the lack of news related to the new Griffith, this video from Avon Tyres shot at Castle Combe Circuit couldn’t come at a better time.
Since it lasts just under a minute we can consider it more of a teaser video than proper track footage. Still, it’s quite enjoyable to watch mostly because it allows us to hear the Griffith’s naturally aspirated V8 at work. The Ford-sourced engine has a purely visceral soundtrack, the type of evil noise you’d expect a villain’s car would produce.
But the 5.0-liter V8 hooked to a Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual transmission produces more than just a thrilling sound. Thanks in part to Cosworth’s touch, it puts out around 500 hp. That’s 400 hp/tonne if you factor in the car’s weight of 1,250 kg (2,755 lbs). As a result, the Griffith is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than four seconds before hitting a top speed of more than 200 mph (321 km/h).
We’re very curious how it handles in corners given the 50:50 weight distribution and the claimed “exceptional torsional rigidity.” The latter is made possible by Gordon Murray Design’s iStream process and the carbon fiber composite construction. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t reveal the Griffith’s cornering abilities.
Here’s hoping it’s just a teaser for something more substantial. Until we get to see more track footage of the Griffith, make sure you also check out the gallery for some fresh official photos of the British muscle car.